Is a .20 ct round diamond flawless better then a .50 ct flawed diamond

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrstattoo10816:  Well the flawless will definetly carry a better value, most women look at sie as most important but it’s not really. Honestly though if you want the size for yourself then go ahead and get it since you are not likely to actually sell your jewlery in the future anyways. 

Post # 4
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Everyone has their own set of priorities. I personally would never pay a premium for an IF stone, since for me that’s a huge waste of money – I’ll take an eye clean VS2-SI1 over that any day. Same thing with color. You just have to decide what’s more important for you – the stats on paper or what you can actually see in the stone during daily wear. 

Also, I’d take a look at online retailers such as James Allen and Blue Nile – chances are you will be able to get a much nicer stone for your budget if you go with them.

Post # 5
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

I would say get which ever one you like the look of on your finger more. Who’s going to be examining under a microscope anyway?

Post # 5
8585 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I dunno..thats a noticeable size difference..I guess it depends on how flawed the diamond is..but then again it being a .50 how noticeable could it be unless its right in someones face..and it depends on what kind of flaws..are they black carbon spots or white feathers etc..good question I have no idea!!

Post # 6
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i have a .5ct G color I1 and i see NO flaws whatsoever and it sparkles like mad. I think a .2ct would be TOO small for my tastes (this coming from a gal who think 1ct is ostentatious! LOL)

Post # 7
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Depends on how flawed. I have an SI1 with no visible inclusions, you can only see them under a microscope and even then they are hard to find. If the .5 looks great in person with the naked eye, I would go with that one

Post # 8
3230 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

This is such a false dichotomy. ANY jeweler can get different stones in for you to look at, and IF and SI2 are more or less the top-top and the the almost-lowest end a person ought to go in clarity. A J is about the lowest many people will go in colour unless they are seeking a warm or champagne stone. There is a reason the jeweler has these two on hand, and that is because no one else wants them!

There is so much ground in between these two that you could explore. If you compromise somewhere in between you may find that you can go up in size from the .2 and not sacrifice any beauty (at least to the naked eye).

Post # 9
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t mean to be nosey but am very curious as to why it’s only between the FL and I2 stones. I’d talk with your jeweler and see if he can open the safe and bring out some inbetween stones for you to look at. Depending on your finger size a .20 carat can get lost and picking a wedding band can be kinda tough. Not saying go with the 1/2 carat just because of size. If I were in your shoes I’d look at eye clean stones.

Post # 11
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014



I didn’t know the important of clarity until I did my researh last weekend about .. would a diamond chip?? ( so please don’t take it personal for the below research I done) 

Apparently, the reason a VS diamond is value higher not only because there is less inclusion on the diamond. it also determine the strength of a diamond.  If there are more inclusion on the surface on the top of the diamond, you can damage or chip the diamond with the right angle and right force.  Reason why anything below VS or S1 are value less, because it mean the inclusion is larger or more on the diamond… and if the inclusion is long/large enough… it will lead to a diamond can be chip….or damage. 


So now, the question is … we may under the impression that diamond is the strongest gem. Yes, it is and it is grade 10 BUT it is not mean it cannot be break.. 


Post # 12
164 posts
Blushing bee

gpiglet:  That’s true to an extent, but it all depends on where and the type of inclusion. You can have a perfectly structurally solid I2 stone. For example, if the grade was given because of black carbon spots, cloudiness, or if the feather (crack) isn’t near any edge.

Post # 13
498 posts
Helper bee

mrstattoo10816:  Whew, I’m glad you went with a different stone, that looks great!  I have a SI-2 diamond too and even though I’m super-picky you can’t see any flaws unless you look with a loupe. I think they’re really good value for money and I was glad my jeweller steered me towards it instead of a smaller VVS1 stone that was the alternative.  I don’t plan to carry a magnifying glass around with me and neither do my friends lol. 

It must be great to have a lovely ring back on your finger. I’m so sorry your wedding set got stolen. My wedding set was stolen many years ago and whilst I had split up with my ex, it was still of great sentimental value to me and I was really distressed over the theft.  That and my grandma’s ring that they also took. The tv and laptop were replacable but the jewellery was so upsetting.   I hope you have this one forever! 

Post # 14
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i would go clarity over size any day. but that’s just me.

i love the ring you chose! it’s so pretty!

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